Josh Homme Reveals Why Jim Morrison ‘Couldn’t Sing Really Good’

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Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme discussed The Doors and Jim Morrison in a new interview with Adam Buxton (transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar). Homme revealed why he loves The Doors and Morrison, despite the fact that Morrison couldn’t sing well.

“I quite like The Doors because they could not exist again, because they seem like a mistake. The guitar player, jazz drummer, organist – like, what is it? A silent movie?

“And then a guy [Jim Morrison] who really is a poet. His lyrics are really beyond but he’s pretty, so let’s denounce it. He can’t sing really good, though.”

Homme added how imperfection is one of the musical aspects he appreciates the most, saying:

“I like the humanity of it all, I like the mistakes. Perfection is something you strive for and not something to actually expect, because it’s crazy.

“And perfection – as we can tell by the modern music’s ability to fix everything – when you make everything perfect there’s no friction. The universe was created by friction, and sex is about friction, so keep the friction going!”

  • makingconnections

    Oh c’mon, is this guy for real? The Doors are timeless…their music exists today as well as it did in the past. A few nights ago I watched “Apocalypse Now” and was amazed at the Music of Jim Morrison and the Doors fitting so well in that powerful movie!

    • Trovoid

      Jim Morrison wasn’t considered a technically great singer but there’s no denying he had a great voice. I understand what Josh means about the band seeming like a “mistake.” They were a remarkable contradiction of sorts. And I agree with what he said about imperfection in the universe. He’s just not in a place where people are willing to hear his opinions. People are still upset about the photographer incident (understandably so). It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Apocalypse Now but The Doors definitely fit well in that movie along with their music in Forrest Gump.

      • makingconnections

        Interesting comment Trovoid…I reread the article and realize there really isn’t a putdown of Jim Morrison in his words, more of an opinion that is his and no one can deny that he was a good poet….that was his gift. I always think of Jim Morrison as standing on his own somehow and The Doors as being strong musically with him. It’s psychedelic music really! They were able to put something quite brilliant together I think. One of my favorite U-Tube videos is of Scott Weiland singing with The Doors…what a good fit.
        I’d never seen Apocalypse Now….what a truly brilliant horror movie. There’s nothing like it seen and the best anti-war film ever.
        I think it’s the darkest movie I’ve ever seen.

        • Trovoid

          Absolutely. The Doors influenced many of my favorite musicians. Scott Weiland with The Doors was an incredible performance. I also enjoyed Eddie singing Roadhouse Blues with them.

          • makingconnections

            Hey….are you me?!

  • Olga Stewart

    Josh, Jim could sing rings around you any day of the week.

    • Corndog

      Twice on Sundays.

      I think that ginger hair is getting to his brain…he should probably have someone kick him in the face, see if it helps;)

    • Corndog

      Hi Olga, completely unrelated question; A new show started here last week on channel 4 called Derry Girls. Set in Derry/Londonderry around the early 90’s.

      It always makes me cringe when i hear someone from NI on TV, because once you hear the accent you can’t help but assume the person talking is thick. We talk like we have a mouth full of marbles. I was just wondering if that show has made it across the pond? I was wondering how people from other countries would react to it; or if they could even understand what was going on. Apparently it was shown in England with subtitles! I thought that was a bit extreme though as i don’t see our accents being any harder to understand then regional English ones such as the Geordie or Liverpool accent.

      Do you still have an NI accent or have you been lucky and it has faded during your years in Canada? When i talk to people online they always expect me to sound like i am from the south, Dublin or somewhere similar, and i point out that i sound more like Liam Neeson than Colin Farrell:)

      • HippieChic61

        I love a NI accent!

        • Corndog

          Really? Do you know which one specifically? There are loads of regional dialects here and some are considerably worse than others. I can’t stand our accents personally. They sound so terrible, especially when you hear them on TV. People from Belfast sound like there’s air getting in:)

          • Olga Stewart

            Heh but I was born in Belfast.

            So hopefully there’s not too much air getting in. Ha ha!

          • Corndog

            No offence intended. If it makes you feel any better I’ve lived in Belfast for most of my life, although i wasn’t born here:)

      • Olga Stewart

        I have never heard of that show.

        And so, I don’t know if the show has aired in Canada.

        People have told me that I have a bit of an Irish lilt in my voice

        You can hear what I sound like here: http://www.youtube.com/mikesmaddie

        • makingconnections

          Thanks Olga…what a precious and lovely video of you singing!

          • Olga Stewart

            Thank you very much. :).

            And you’re welcome. *big smile*

        • Corndog

          I can’t really detect an Irish accent in your voice but that could just be because you’re singing:)

          • Olga Stewart

            Well, I am speaking in some of those videos.

            Not a lot. But it’s there.

            Most people tell me that they can’t hear me too well because I speak softly.

          • Corndog

            Sorry, i totally missed the fact that it was a playlist. I only watched the first one. I’ll have a look!

          • Olga Stewart

            Okey doke.

          • Corndog

            I had a look at the other videos and i still don’t really hear an Irish accent. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. If anything, you sound a little American to me:)

            How long have you lived in Canada?

          • Olga Stewart

            American?

            Well, my Mom did say my voice sounded cosmopolitan. :).

            My parents and I moved to Canada when I was almost three (this was in 1975).

            And my brother was born in Canada year later.

          • Corndog

            In that case it makes perfect sense that you wouldn’t have an Irish accent. Count yourself lucky that you don’t sound like you’re speaking with a mouth full of marbles!

            I hope you weren’t offended that i said you sounded American. There wasn’t much of you speaking and you’ve very softly spoken so it was hard for me to make you out. That, and i’m deaf as a rock! Probably a Canadian accent that i was hearing, as they would sound somewhat similar to me anyway.

            I was born in ’78 so i wasn’t around yet when you left. How much do you remember about NI? I know that it was pretty grim in the 70’s. Do you ever visit?

          • Olga Stewart

            I wasn’t offended.

            I found it humourous. :).

            I don’t really remember much about Northern Ireland, to be honest.

            And the last time I was there was in 1987.

            As for the softness of my voice?

            My late dad had a soft sounding voice (he was born in Lisburn).

            My Mom had a harsher voice (she was born in Belfast).

          • Corndog

            Well, you haven’t really missed much since then. Slightly more civilised than it used to be but still full of utter gobshites:)

            I was born in Antrim so i started out with a wee country accent but many years of living in Belfast have tempered that and morphed it into an accent that is neither Antrim nor Belfast. I lived in England for a few years a while back though and they still couldn’t understand a word i was saying.

            I think a lot of folks skipped out on NI back in the 70’s to escape the madness that was going on here at the time. I have a lot of relatives that moved to America in the 70’s who have since had kids and grand kids, but i don’t know them myself. I’ve never been to that part of the world. Not much for travelling. The farthest i have ever been is Spain.

          • Olga Stewart

            My paternal uncle had moved from Northern Ireland to Canada with his family.

            And he was able to get my dad a job here in Canada.

            So that’s why my parents and I moved over here.

  • Duncan Bishop

    Josh Homme Reveals Why Jim Morrison ‘Couldn’t Sing Really Good’

    Where’s the part of the story in which Homme explains the reason behind Morrison not being able to sing well? That’s what the title advertises, but the story doesn’t deliver.

    You could put a title that would draw in just as many readers, without false promises. “Josh Homme gives opinion on The Doors,” “Josh Homme offers up controversial opinion on Jim Morrisson,” “Homme: The Doors seem like a mistake.” etc. All infinitely more creative and related to the actual text than the title used.

    • Corndog

      That’s interesting but tell me, do you often sing or whistle just for fun?

      • Duncan Bishop

        Reading these terrible stories is a dashing bold adventure.

        • Corndog

          Then you should sing and rejoice.

    • Olga Stewart

      I’ve just learned to accept that this is how things are written on this site.

      I accept because it won’t ever change.

  • HippieChic61

    Josh, no one will even remember you 47 years after youre gone!
    Jim will be remembered long after we’re all gone!

    • Levente Levi

      why you talk shit? Josh is the most musically gifted talent today. Iggy Pop said that. Josh will be much bigger name after 47 years then Morrison ever.

      • HippieChic61

        LOL!

        • Levente Levi

          nono. not lol. its true. you know it too. put down your nostalgic glasses bitch

          • HippieChic61

            Bitch? Seriously? you call me a bitch bcuz i dont agree with you? ffs, piss off!

          • Levente Levi

            you just living in the past. thats the problem. when infact Josh homme is a much bigger talent then many musicians back then and now. you just dont want to accept it cause you have nostalgic glasses on. Tell me please another guy who produced album for iggy pop, made 7 other qotsa albums and album with Led zeppein Jon Paul Jones. the guy is just keep shitting out good music. theres noone oout there who match his talent. you know its true.

  • Raj

    While Morrison was always know first for his lyrics and poetry his vocals were second to none. Homme has no clue what he’s talking about. It”s 41 years later and the Doors still have a strong following, will we be saying that about Homme and QOTSA? Unlikely.

  • I’m still far more interested in the fact he kicked a woman in the face. What’s he done about that besides apologize on twitter?

    • FM KC

      He’s been kicking himself in the head lately… hence this Doors review.

  • Alejandro Majoo Morgado

    John Garcia should reveal why Josh Homme can`t sing at all.